It would be churlish, and probably self-defeating too, to do anything other than celebrate the CSO data showing a record 2.3m people worked in the Irish economy in the second quarter of the year. That this mark has been reached a decade after a staring-into-the-abyss economic implosion is worthy of celebration too.
The systems, the agencies, the innovators and investors, the planners and politicians too, and most of all, the workers who led this rejuvenation deserve thanks and credit. This robustness suggests too that we will survive even the hardest Brexit.
There must be, however, a caveat. Full employment is a wonderful thing but that achievement seems a bit hollow if so many workers are priced out of the housing market ,if so many workers are in short-term contracts and do not enjoy the security to support all the natural ambitions once associated with having a decent job.
These wonderful figures show we have remade the economy for the better — now let’s begin to remake society for the better too and give a deeper meaning to the 2.3m figure.